How will it work?
Why eliminate late fees?
Won't people stop returning their items then?
Studies show there is no significant increase to late returns when fines are eliminated. Patrons are also blocked from borrowing if they do not return an item within the 30-day grace period. Will I have to wait longer for my holds?
Studies have shown there is no significant increase to hold times. Patrons are able to borrow books from all over Alberta, so there should be no affect to how long it takes you to get your holds. Aren't late fees a source of revenue?
Yes, but they do not make up a significant percentage of our funding.
Are other libraries going fine free?
25 libraries in Alberta have already gone fine free, including Edmonton Public Library and Calgary Public Library.
Any more questions?
Email email@example.com for more information! Check out librarianship.ca/features/fine-free-libraries-in-canada for related studies and to see a list of all Canadian libraries that are currently fine-free.